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Early voting to begin Saturday

The Jena Times of Jena, Louisiana

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Early voting for the November 21st runoff election will begin Saturday, Nov. 7th and run through the following Saturday, Nov. 14th, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Those wishing to cast early ballots may do so at the Registrar of Voters' office in the LaSalle Parish Courthouse between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., during the eight day period (except for Sunday and Wednesday, Veterans Day, which is a federal/state holiday).

Voters will face a relatively short ballot for the Nov. 21st runoff election, with five races and two tax propositions on the ballot.

Statewide, voters will be choosing a new governor, lieutenant governor and deciding on an attorney general. Locally, voters in District 8 will pick their police juror and in the town of Jena, voters will select a new member to the Town Council.

State Representative John Bel Edwards, the Democrat, who had about 40-percent of the vote in the primary election, will face U.S. Senator David Viter, the Republican, who polled about 23-percent of the vote in the primary, as voters decide who will replace Bobby Jin-dal as Governor of Louisiana for the next four years.

Melvin "Kip" Holden and Billy Nungesser will square off in the race for lieutenant governor as voters decide who they want to succeed Jay Dardenne, an unsuccessful candidate for governor in the primary"

Incumbent Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell will face Jeff Landry as voters decide who will serve for the next four years as State Attorney General.

Voters in Police Jury District 8 will vote on a juror to represent them for the next four years. Mac Stapleton, the lead vote getter in the primary faces incumbent juror Bard Lambeth in the runoff election.

In the town of Jena, voters will decide between Bruce L. Wilson and Travis Craig for who they want to serve as a member of the Jena Town Council. The successful candidate will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Joe Phillips, who was elected last fall but resigned shortly after taking office and learning he could not serve as a municipal official and continue to serve as a deputy sheriff.

Voters parish wide will also decide the fate of two tax renewals — both for the operation and maintenance of the LaSalle Parish Library. The Board of Control for the Library is asking voters to approve the two taxes — one for 6.50 mills and the other for 2.21 mills (totaling 8.71 mills).

When first passed, the taxes totaled 10-mills, but has been rolled back to the present rates as assessment in the parish has grown. Funds from both millages are used for the purpose of capital construction and/or equipment and supporting, operating and maintaining the Parish Library in Jena and its branch in Olla.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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